re·​lieved | \ ri-ˈlēvd How to pronounce relieved (audio) \

Definition of relieved

: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions

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relievedly \ ri-​ˈlē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce relievedly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.
Recent Examples on the Web Sellers was relieved to hear that Sherwin-Williams will remain in the region, but the Fortune 500 company’s plan will mean moving some 400 employees from a Sherwin-Williams automotive finishes facility in Warrensville Heights. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland, "Warrensville Heights to lose jobs, tax revenue in Sherwin-Williams facility consolidation," 7 Feb. 2020 Kathryn is sad to be leaving her friends, her daughter told me, but relieved to not have to go to the courthouse. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "89-year-old faced eviction from Kentucky independent living home. What rights does she have?," 7 Feb. 2020 Be relieved that the space hardware will no longer be a political football between Moscow and Washington, DC. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 That explains why, when Stephen Curry underwent surgery early last month on a broken bone in his left hand, many in Golden State’s front office were more relieved than sad. Connor Letourneau,, "Inside look at Warriors’ draft thinking: Intriguing prospect, trade potential," 21 Dec. 2019 No one was more relieved, though, than Boone, having failed in his gamble to squeeze by with a journeyman reliever in the seventh inning. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Down, 4-3, Yankees Club Two Solo Homers in the 9th," 1 Sep. 2019 No one is more relieved — and nervous — than Biden himself. Philip Elliott / Concord, Time, "Joe Biden Is on Top of the Democratic Primary Field. How Does He Stay There?," 5 June 2019 Nobody looked more relieved when Kuznetsov scored to eliminate the Penguins than Ovechkin did. Charles P. Pierce,, "Even After a Loss, Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals Remain Calm," 16 May 2018 After the final ball sailed long, Nadal lay on his back for some time, relieved and victorious. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Rafael Nadal Defeats Daniil Medvedev in the Best U.S. Open Men’s Final of This Century," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of relieved

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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13 Feb 2020

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“Relieved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of relieved

: feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult or unpleasant has been stopped, avoided, or made easier : feeling relief

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